Kurt A. Yaeger, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Academic Institute
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Kurt Yaeger is a dual-trained endovascular Neurosurgeon, specialized in treating vascular disorders of the brain and spine. He completed residency and fellowship training in neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. At Mount Sinai, he also completed a BioDesign fellowship, during which time he invented and patented a new catheter for the minimally invasive treatment of brain AVMs and aneurysms. Prior to residency, he attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. For his undergraduate degree in Biology, Dr. Yaeger attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and he is originally from the north shore of Boston, MA.

Description of Research

As a dual-trained endovascular Neurosurgeon, Dr. Yaeger treats patients with vascular disorders of the brain and spine, including aneurysms, strokes, vascular malformations, and a range of other neurological conditions. His research interests include investigating the safety and efficacy of new devices to treat diseases of the brain and spine. Dr. Yaeger sees innovation as the key to providing new treatment options for patients with neurovascular conditions, and has made it his mission to find safer and more effective ways to treat his patients, in the least invasive method possible.


Venous Sinus Stent to Treat Paralysis
Yaeger, K & Mocco, J 2024, , Neurosurgery clinics of North America, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 375-378. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nec.2024.03.003

Case Volume Justification of 3D-Navigated Spinal Procedures: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Suri, I, Suri, M, Hu, J, Dedhia, SK & Yaeger, K 2023, , Journal of Medical Systems, vol. 47, no. 1, 114, pp. 114. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-023-02000-8

In Reply: Transradial Carotid Artery Stenting Using Walrus Balloon Guide Catheter: Technical Aspects and Clinical Outcome
Yaeger, K & Majidi, S 2023, , Operative Neurosurgery, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. E298. https://doi.org/10.1227/ons.0000000000000894

Initial experience with minimally invasive endoscopic evacuation of intracerebral hemorrhage in the setting of radiographic herniation
Ali, M, Maragkos, GA, Yaeger, KA, Schupper, AJ, Hardigan, TA, Vasan, V, Schuldt, BR, Odland, IC, Downes, M, Dullea, J, Ascanio, LC, Troiani, ZS, Mohammadi, N, Lara-Reyna, J, Rothrock, RJ, Lefton, DR, Mocco, J & Kellner, CP 2023, , Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, vol. 32, no. 10, 107309, pp. 107309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2023.107309

Transradial Carotid Artery Stenting Using Walrus Balloon Guide Catheter: Technical Aspects and Clinical Outcome
Moldovan, K, Yaeger, KA, Al-Kawaz, M, Scaggiante, J, Kellner, CP, De Leacy, R, Fifi, JT, Mocco, J & Majidi, S 2023, , Operative Neurosurgery, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 28-32. https://doi.org/10.1227/ons.0000000000000717

External Ventricular Drain Placement Teleproctoring Using a Novel Camera-Projector Navigation System: A Proof-of-Concept Study
Philbrick, BD, Hu, J, McCarthy, L, Suri, I, Dullea, JT, Kalagara, R, Millares, J & Yaeger, KA 2023, , World neurosurgery, vol. 174, pp. 169-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2023.03.001

Use of the 3D exoscope for the supracerebellar infratentorial approach in the concorde position: an effective and ergonomic alternative. Illustrative cases
Roa, JA, Schupper, AJ, Yaeger, K & Hadjipanayis, CG 2023, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons, vol. 3, no. 19, CASE21626. https://doi.org/10.3171/CASE21626

Sex and Racial Disparity in Outcome of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in the United States: A 20-Year Analysis
Schupper, AJ, Hardigan, TA, Mehta, A, Yim, B, Yaeger, KA, De Leacy, R, Fifi, JT, Mocco, J & Majidi, S 2023, , Stroke, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 1347-1356. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.122.041488

Aspiration thrombectomy of M2 middle cerebral artery occlusion to treat acute ischemic stroke: A core lab–adjudicated subset analysis from the COMPLETE registry and literature review
Fifi, JT, Yaeger, K, Matsoukas, S, Hassan, AE, Yoo, A, Sheth, S & Zaidat, OO 2023, , Frontiers in Neurology, vol. 14, 1076754, pp. 1076754. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2023.1076754

Low-memory shape coils for intracranial aneurysm coiling: Initial and single-center experience with the i-ED coil
Bazil, MJ, Fifi, JT, Yaeger, KA, De Leacy, RA, Kellner, CP & Shigematsu, T 2023, , Surgical Neurology International, vol. 14, 142, pp. 142. https://doi.org/10.25259/SNI_1116_2022

Mechanisms of Peer Review and Their Potential Impact on Neurosurgeons: A Pilot Survey
Counsel of State Neurosurgical Societies 2022, , World neurosurgery, vol. 167, pp. e469-e474. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2022.08.032

Endovascular therapy versus microsurgical clipping of unruptured wide-neck aneurysms: a prospective multicenter study with propensity score analysis
Mascitelli, JR, Mocco, J, Hardigan, T, Hendricks, BK, Yoon, JS, Yaeger, KA, Kellner, CP, De Leacy, RA, Fifi, JT, Bederson, JB, Albuquerque, FC, Ducruet, AF, Birnbaum, LA, Caron, JLR, Rodriguez, P & Lawton, MT 2022, , Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 137, no. 2, pp. 352-359. https://doi.org/10.3171/2021.10.JNS211942

Initial experience with the Scepter Mini catheter for the embolization of vascular malformations in the pediatric population
Matsoukas, S, Bageac, D, Yaeger, K, Berenstein, A, T Fifi, J & Shigematsu, T 2022, , Neuroradiology Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 520-526. https://doi.org/10.1177/19714009211049084

Racial and Ethnical Diversity Within the Neurosurgery Resident and Faculty Workforce in the United States
Asfaw, ZK, Soto, E, Yaeger, K, Feng, R, Carrasquilla, A, Barthélemy, EJ, Tabani, H, Berkalieva, A, Mazumdar, M, McNeill, IT & Germano, IM 2022, , Neurosurgery, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 72-79. https://doi.org/10.1227/neu.0000000000001920

Endovascular Therapy Versus Microsurgical Clipping of Ruptured Wide Neck Aneurysms (EVERRUN Registry): a multicenter, prospective propensity score analysis
Mascitelli, JR, Lawton, MT, Hendricks, BK, Hardigan, TA, Yoon, JS, Yaeger, KA, Kellner, CP, de Leacy, RA, Fifi, JT, Bederson, JB, Albuquerque, FC, Ducruet, AF, Birnbaum, LA, Caron, JLR, Rodriguez, P & Mocco, J 2022, , Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 137, no. 1, pp. 87-94. https://doi.org/10.3171/2021.7.JNS211323

Understanding the pathophysiology of tension pneumoventricle: A technical case report
Roa, JA, Feng, R, Schupper, AJ, Hardigan, T, Yaeger, K, Ladner, T, Reilly, K & Shigematsu, T 2022, , Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management, vol. 28, 101511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.inat.2022.101511

Augmented reality–assisted microsurgical resection of brain arteriovenous malformations: illustrative case
Scherschinski, L, McNeill, IT, Schlachter, L, Shuman, WH, Oemke, H, Yaeger, KA & Bederson, JB 2022, , Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons, vol. 3, no. 25, CASE21135. https://doi.org/10.3171/CASE21135

Future Directions of Endovascular Neurosurgery
Yaeger, K & Mocco, J 2022, , Neurosurgery clinics of North America, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 233-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nec.2021.11.007

Time from image acquisition to endovascular team notification: A new target for enhancing acute stroke workflow
Yaeger, KA, Rossitto, CP, Marayati, NF, Lara-Reyna, J, Ladner, T, Hardigan, T, Shoirah, H, Mocco, J & Fifi, JT 2022, , Journal of neurointerventional surgery, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 237-241. https://doi.org/10.1136/neurintsurg-2021-017297

Use of emerging technologies to enhance the treatment paradigm for spontaneous intraventricular hemorrhage
Carpenter, AB, Lara-Reyna, J, Hardigan, T, Ladner, T, Kellner, C & Yaeger, K 2022, , Neurosurgical Review, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 317-328. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10143-021-01616-z